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WRP8012 Work-based Research Project C

Semester 3, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

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Examiner: Luke Van Der Laan
Moderator: Rhod McNeill


Pre-requisite: WRP8011 and Students must be enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies program (MPRS)

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have reliable internet access for this course.

Computer literacy is now expected as part of professional life, and is an integral element in the studying and learning process associated with this course. The course makes significant use of the internet and online environment.


Work-based research programs are designed to enable a student to draw upon work and life experiences in developing new, higher-level knowledge that is relevant to their professional practice and workplace. The work-based research project courses will draw on a disciplined research enquiry of a pre-agreed feature of the student's usual work as derived from an assessed research project proposal. The work-based research projects are designed to continue/link-up with each succeeding project unit. This course is conducted subsequent to the successful completion of the WRP8011 course.
The most likely form of a project will analyse topics in the workplace and will investigate possible contributions to professional practice and organisational improvements. The student's experience and expertise within the workplace will provide insights into the investigation that, when supported by high level learning and appropriate literature, will produce advanced knowledge relating to the student?s professional practice.


The student will work and study at the same time as determined by a pre-agreed and assessed work-based project proposal that articulates the expected personal, professional, academic and organisational contributions that should be achieved upon the conclusion of the project. With the guidance and support of a supervisor(s), the student will study appropriate literature, and may elect to study other post-graduate courses to gain the necessary theoretical knowledge and capacity to support their study. This course is required to ensure good progress is made in implementing the student's work-based research project. The insights that the student will have as a result will not only enhance their experience and expertise but will provide greater rigour in support of their findings and contributions to practice. The student will, where necessary, adapt the methodology of their investigation as the circumstances of a changing workplace environment may dictate. The flexibility of adjusting the project accordingly is acknowledged as important in collecting appropriate data supporting the evidence-based outcomes to their study. The course will be a pass/fail course.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. Implement their projects based on their work-based research project proposals (refer WRP8000 assessment)
  2. Implement the appropriate research methodology underpinning the project
  3. Illustrate significant progress toward completion and report as appropriate
  4. Identify and report on emerging contributions to practice and professional skills gained


Description Weighting(%)
1. Appropriate methodology, validity, strategies, timelines and communications 15.00
2. Project implementation / data collection 40.00
3. Analysis and findings / implications 20.00
4. Presentation of new knowledge 25.00

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  • ALL necessary resources required for this course are available on the USQ course study desk, library and CDROM. There are no texts or materials required for this course. However, students are expected to reference broadly within their field of practice and associated academic theory. These can readily be accessed through the USQ Library.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Students will be required to employ research skills and techniques including the use of appropriate technological tools in order to optimise their research objectives. This includes advanced referencing of resources that will enhance their knowledge and understanding and optimise the evidence base of their work.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 180.00
Directed Study 100.00
Private Study 50.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT REPORT 1 100 13 Feb 2015 (see note 1)

  1. PROJECT REPORT (Methodology, Analysis, interim findings, project milestone review) Students who elect to complete an 8-unit project in fulfilment of the Masters degree are required to pass this course to progress to WRP 8013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. It is also required that the student make regular contact with their project supervisor. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Not applicable.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  5. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).